Things to do in London this Friday

It's time to clock off, wind down and get your weekend on...

Find fantastic ideas for things to do on a Friday, just in case you've left it to the last minute. Check out the best entertainment, nightlife and events happening in the capital this Friday. The weekend starts here...

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Summer Tales

Critics' choice

One thing that helped London make it through the last few arduous winters was Night Tales, a fantastic pop-up party full of creative cocktails, street food, DJs spinning dancefloor-filling tunes and general good vibes. Luckily, you don't have to wait until winter to indulge in the fun once again, as the NT crew are back with an ace summer-themed pop-up for 15 whole weekends – welcome news indeed. As it's summer, there's a jungle theme in play, plush hammocks, rope swings and a 20m terrace to soak up the sun. Drinks are served at four bars, including the Lazy Flamingo Bar, where you can enjoy bespoke summery cocktails including a Mescal Mule and a Pin-Up Collada. As ever, food is a key part of the experience, and Summer Tales features all manner of culinary treats from top London eateries, including Burger and Lobster, seafood shack Bonnie Gull, Italian cuisine specialists Forza Win and cheese-blending warriors Morty & Bob's. 

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Red Market Friday May 29 2015 - Friday August 28 2015
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Riviera Style: Resort and Swimwear since 1900

From the English Riviera (that’s Torquay to you and me) to the rather more glamorous Cote d’Azur, Riviera Style brings together over 100 years of beachwear. At the Fashion and Textiles Museum’s summer exhibition, you’ll find everything from conservative Edwardian cover-ups to swimsuits and sarongs, with the odd burkini thrown in for good measure.

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Fashion and Textile Museum Tuesday May 26 2015 - Saturday August 29 2015
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Rayne: Shoes for Stars

If it’s good enough for HRH, it’s good enough for us. Shoes for Stars explores the legacy of British heritage brand Rayne, whose shoes were worn by some of the twentieth century’s most iconic women – Elizabeth Taylor, Vivien Leigh, Brigitte Bardot and our own Queen Elizabeth, who wore Rayne pumps to her wedding. Over 100 examples will be on display, featuring the work of Bruce Oldfield, Mary Quant and Roger Vivier, alongside current designer Laurence Dacade.

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Fashion and Textile Museum Tuesday May 26 2015 - Saturday August 29 2015
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Bollywood Fever

Get wrapped up in the fun, energy and melodrama of Bollywood at this three-day festival which will celebrate both modern and classic films in the genre. Street food, live music, dancers and henna artists will all be on site to complement the schedule of screenings, for which tickets must be booked in advance. Visit the Bollywood Fever website for the line-up and to book.

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Bargehouse Monday May 25 2015
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Alchemy

This ten-day festival is a celebration of South Asia's rich culture, with a line-up featuring music, dance, literature, film and fashion. In 2015 topics covered will include the area's changing cultural landscape and the juxtapositions between classical and folk traditions. Acclaimed Indian singer Shreya Ghoshal (May 23), experimental music pioneers Wild City (May 20) and sarod maestro Soumik Datta (May 19) all feature on the musical line-up, with plenty of dance performances planned, too. The Jaipur Literature Festival (May 16-17), which showcases South Asia's multilingual literary heritage, will explore the themes of politics, economics, myth and migration. The talks schedule includes appearances from Meera Syal and Nihal, and the Southbank Centre's foyers will be packed with installations and free shows. Kerb street food traders will sell food inspired by the Alchemy countries in the Festival Village and Southbank Centre Square.

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Southbank Centre Monday May 25 2015
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The New Girlfriend

Romain Duris has legs to die for in this smart, insightful French comedy about a crossdressing Dad

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